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THE DREAMER YOUTH MAGAZINE

I VOTED & YOU?

NEW SECTION: Discovering Cyprus

ISSUE NO. 2

RACISM? No thanks

Emotional traveller's mind-set

This week's youth opportunity QUIZ: How relevant is EU in YOUR life?

The winner of the #1 PHOTO CONTEST


INDEX

Page 3: Everybody should vote because... Â Page 4: What kind of people are we? Page 7: Emotionl traveller's mind-set: checklist Page 11: What is European Solidarity Corps? Page 12: What about volunteering opportunities? Page 13: What do ex volunteers think about the experience?

Page 16: Discovering Cyprus: AgorĂ Project Page 17: QUIZ: How is the EU relevant to your daily life? Page 19: Photo of the week


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Everyone should vote because.... Because the vote is the opportunity to express ourselves. Because the vote is the opportunity to give voice to our dreams and wishes. Because not voting means put our destiny in the hands of someone else.

What does voting mean?

What can we do?

The action of voting can be easily misleading or misunderstood. Since the early age we are taught that the vote is an unique opportunity to express ourselves, the only opportunity to let the things change as we would. If this is true, why don't we have what we want? Why are we not satisfied about how the things go?

Everybody should vote. We can vote everyday with the actions and the things we would like to see around us. The democracy is the one practiced since the citizens, from the bottom to the edge. The change always starts from the ground. The power of voting means having the freedom to choose to change. This is the vote that does not pretend the things to change, it is the vote that changes them. The only thing we can do is to understand that our life depends only upon us. The freedom is the one that lets you choose to be the change.

Is it the vote that matters? If we assume that our poll vote doesn’t matter much in changing our world, what does then? It is us. Alessandro Malanga, italian Professor of Chemistry in the University of Pisa, explains this concept very well through the quantum physics’ concept of fractals: a fractal is a figure that repeats itself whether we zoom in or zoom out. The universe is supposed to work like this. What does this mean? If we give all this for good, we can comprehend that the outside world is just the reflection of us. Repeated and enlarged. The vote then consists into changing ourselves first. This is what “Be the change you want to see in the world” means.

M.Daina


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WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE WE? This article argues that, to provide reliable and nationally relevant information on which to base policy and practice and to afford the population equal access to knowledge about its social realities, social welfare research needs to include accurate representations of minority ethnic groups and their changing needs. Using child welfare and community care as examples, a brief research review indicates the continued scarcity of such research and its potential benefits. The methodological supports available to researchers seeking to include minority ethnic populations and anti-racist perspectives are considered, and it is concluded that such supports are limited and patchy. In exploring the reasons for this, we identify some of the political, personal and technical challenges an anti-racist approach presents. The terms 'racism' and 'social protection' are introduced to help conceptualize the knowledge and power differentials which may impede researchers pursuing antidiscriminatory aims.   RACISM is the belief in the superiority of one race over another, which often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race or ethnicity. The use of the term "racism" does not easily fall under a single definition. The ideology underlying racism often includes the idea that humans can be subdivided into distinct groups that are different due to their social behavior and their innate capacities, as well as the idea that they can be ranked as inferior or superior. Historical examples of institutional racism include the Holocaust, the apartheid regime in South Africa, slavery and segregation in the United States, and slavery in Latin America. Racism was also an aspect of the social organization of many colonial states and empires. SOCIAL PROTECTION, as defined by the United Nations Research Institute For Social Development, is concerned with preventing, managing, and overcoming situations that adversely affect people's well being. Social protection consists of policies and programs designed to reduce

poverty and vulnerability by promoting efficient labour markets, diminishing people's exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to manage economic and social risks, such as unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age. The most common types of social protection: Ø Labor market interventions are policies and programs designed to promote employment, the efficient operation of labor markets and the protection of workers. Ø Social insurance mitigates risks associated with unemployment, ill health, disability, work-related injury and old age, such as health insurance or unemployment insurance. Ø Social assistance is when resources, either cash or in-kind, are transferred to vulnerable individuals or households with no other means of adequate support, including single parents, the homeless, or the physically or mentally challenged.   It is also known as, social security, which is "any government system that provides monetary assistance to people with an inadequate or no income." In the United States, this is usually called welfare or a social safety net, especially when talking about Canada and European countries. Social security is asserted in Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states:  “Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality”. In simple terms, the signatories agree that the society in which a person lives should help them to develop and to make the most of all the advantages (culture, work, social welfare) which are offered to them in the country. Social security may also refer to the action programs of an organization intended to promote the welfare of the population through assistance measures guaranteeing access to sufficient resources for food and shelter and to promote health and well-being for the population at large


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and potentially vulnerable segments such as children, the elderly, the sick and the unemployed. Services providing social security are often called social services. Terminology in this area is somewhat different in the United States from in the rest of the English-speaking world. The general term for an action program in support of the well being of poor people in the United States is welfare program, and the general term for all such programs is simply welfare. In American society, the term welfare arguably has negative connotations. In the United States, the term Social Security refers to the US social insurance program for all retired and disabled people. Elsewhere the term is used in a much broader sense, referring to the economic security society offers when people are faced with certain risks. In its 1952 Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention (nr. 102), the International Labour Organization (ILO) defined the traditional contingencies covered by social security as including: -Survival beyond a prescribed age, to be covered by old age pensions; -The loss of support suffered by a widowed person or child as the result of the death of the breadwinner (survivor’s benefit); -Responsibility for the maintenance of children (family benefit); -The treatment of any morbid condition (including pregnancy), whatever its cause (medical care); -A suspension of earnings due to pregnancy and confinement and their consequences (maternity benefit); -A suspension of earnings due to an inability to obtain suitable employment for protected persons who are capable of, and available for, work (unemployment benefits); -A suspension of earnings due to an incapacity for work resulting from a morbid condition (sickness leave benefit); -A permanent or persistent inability to engage in any gainful activity (disability benefits); -The costs and losses involved in medical care, sickness leave, invalidity and death of the breadwinner due to an occupational accident or disease (employment injuries). People who cannot reach a guaranteed social minimum for other reasons may be

eligible for social assistance (or welfare, in American English). Modern authors often consider the ILO approach too narrow. In their view, social security is not limited to the provision of cash transfers, but also aims at security of work, health, and social participation; and new social risks (single parenthood, the reconciliation of work and family life) should be included in the list as well. Social security may refer to: -social insurance, where people receive benefits or services in recognition of contributions to an insurance program. These services typically include provision for retirement pensions, disability insurance, survivor benefits and unemployment insurance. -services provided by government or designated agencies responsible for social security provision. In different countries, that may include medical care, financial support during unemployment, sickness, or retirement, health and safety at work, aspects of social work and even industrial relations. -basic security irrespective of participation in specific insurance programs where eligibility may otherwise be an issue. For instance, assistance given to newly arrived refugees for basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing, education, money, and medical care.   A report published by the ILO in 2014 estimated that only 27% of the world's population has access to comprehensive social security.


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Social protection systems are an effective tool in building a country's resilience and capacities to respond to crisis. By being part of a comprehensive framework, social protection can help manage disasters in a more predictable and sustainable way and can be extremely effective in situations of extreme fragility and protracted crises, providing support to affected populations and victims of forced displacement. The EU promotes a basic level of social protection, as a right for all, and especially for children, vulnerable persons in active working age and the elderly. However, this right is far from a reality for most, with an estimated 71 % of the world’s population (about 5.2 billion people), lacking any or adequate social protection coverage (ILO, World social protection report, 2017). Effective coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa may be as low as 1 % of the population.

With the means of communication the racist discourse penetrates the remote corners of the world, favoring tendencies towards ethnic conflict. This is why the knowledge and understanding of racism and the movement against racism can not stay behind.

Concluding Remarks Racism is a highly complex social phenomenon that can only be studied on an interdisciplinary basis. In this article I have shortly discussed its function, as well as some of its key dimensions and mechanisms involved while paying attention to its history and to related mechanisms of social exclusion. The discussion of racism is broadly based on the racisms that are found in western countries. It is highly relevant for countries and people worldwide. Besides differences, expressions of racism in various parts of the world are more and more characterized by similarities. Social, economic and cultural systems more and more tend to converge. The world economy today is a fact as is reflected in the lexical item of the “global village�. Modern means of communication have played an important role in this development. This development also has consequences for racism that tends towards homogeneity. The analysis of the discourse on immigrants in politics, the media and textbooks (including academia in different European countries) perfectly illustrate this tendency. The same means of communication that have played such an important role in the development of globalization contribute to the ongoing reproduction of the phenomenon of racism on a world scale. By: Aris Hadjidjanos


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EMOTIONAL TRAVELLER’S MIND-SET: CHECKLIST It is well known that travelling keeps us open minded; we travel because we want to explore new places, we desire to meet new people and expand our personal limits. Either you travel for business or for pleasure, it has in itself a great power: it can deeply transform your life! When we travel outside our country it is more likely that we find it hard to exactly guess what to expect (different language, habits, local transportation, currency…) and even if we have checked on online guides or maybe on our printed one, we can still be doubtful and, let’s admit it, sometimes the feeling of uncomfortableness is so discouraging that we prevent ourselves from exploring the world.

As human beings we are less and less used to embrace the uncertainty, we always try to figure the things out before venturing outside our comfort zone; it is like there was an intrusive voice inside of you in a desperate need of scheduling, knowing in advance and planning every time you desire to undertake something new. We can search to get to know how and where to exchange our money in the local currency, we can take notes about the position of the closest hospital in case of emergency or be in contact with the tourist centre in order to acquire all the information we need, but we don’t know how we will be feeling once abroad, the feeling of walking down new roads, the feeling of smelling a new air or of driving on the left for example.

We finally are afraid of feeling uncomfortable, unconfident when our surroundings are not the usual ones and we don’t know anyone; we become emotionally scared and pointless is to ask for our “planner spirit” to intervene, we don’t know how to handle with scheduling potential feelings (does it make any sense?! ;)). So…is it possible to adjust our mind-set in order to be ready to grasp the best out of your travelling experience? How can we be emotionally and spiritually ready even before leaving?So…is it possible to adjust our mind-set in order to be ready to grasp the best out of your travelling experience? How can we be emotionally and spiritually ready even before leaving? In this article we will provide you with some tips to gain a right traveller’s mindset and be finally able to fully enjoy. 1.       TRY NEW THINGS CAN REALLY HELP YOU DISCOVER BETTER WHO YOU ARE If we do, on a regular basis, the same things and activities we can reach a point in which we start feeling stuck. 


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Never get back home with the same luggage you started your trip with; enrich it with all the good things you discover during your trip (and keep the negative ones as a compass): this new luggage will be the starting luggage on your next traveAnd don’t be afraid about the “quality” of your luggage, whether is you bag full or empty, the universe will always find a way to get it full of the right things for you. Stay open and be ready for the next learning lesson!

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Travelling can really helps us find out what’s in store for us in the planet we live in; let’s just accept the initial feeling of insecurity; every new thing to achieve is located in our learning zone and every learning zone brings with itself a bit discomfort and requires to go beyond the fear. Let’s embrace and accept this emotion as a natural initial stage in learning and we will realize that the more we get used to this feeling, the more we can learn and develop ourselves finally 2.       LIVE WITH PASSION THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE BUT BRING BACK HOME WITH YOU ONLY WHAT YOU REALLY WANT Exploring the world does not mean that you have to like everything; no one can push you to appreciate things that finally are not to your taste. Leave your heart open, but get your luggage full of the things that you want to be part of your life. 3.       YOUR LUGGAGE IS YOU When you land somewhere unknown, your luggage does not represent only the stuff you decided to bring with you but also, metaphorically, who you are, your achievements, your goals, the books you’ve read, the love you have spread and the one still there to be spread, your passions and your flaws, your masks and your inner peace. 

4.       DON’T COMPARE YOUR COUNTRY WITH THE DESTIONATION OF YOUR JOURNEY   When we compare things we are implicitly assuming the comparability, but is it the right way to deal with things? As you will never find two things exactly identical, the same applies to countries. Don’t judge countries based on your country of origin and don’t expect other countries to be like your country of origin (i.e. don’t insist on having an Italian espresso abroad and don’t complain about the way it is made there, enjoy a Frapè ;))). This mind-set will allow you to appreciate regardless the expectations and preconceptions. Even if you travel in third world countries, try to be open, don’t judge and keep in mind that necessity sometimes plays a huge role in the way things go.


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5.       REJOYCE: A NEW TRAVEL MEANS NEW MYSTERYS TO REVEAL   Imagine yourself being a detective with your magnifying glass and the task to report all the things you find out during your trips or consider the country map as a treasure hunt map showing you the spots where to look for amazing spots…would it be appealing? Keep high your curiosity and rejoice for the fact that the planet has still new things to be discovered by you: imagine how boring a world in which every human being was provided with the entire knowledge would be. Travelling is the right chance to consider the world as a long-lasting mystery to reveal!

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6.       STRIVE TO SPEAK THE LOCAL πολύ,.. LANGUAGE   English language is a very powerful tool that every day allows people from different countries to communicate. Maybe this tip can appear counterintuitive, but, finally, if you want to enter a closer relationship with people from the local community it is good to show interest in learning their language and people will be more willing to get to know you in a deeper way. Don’t be afraid of being ridiculous because of your accent and remember the tip number 1 about accepting the discomfort in order to learn. So, if you are afraid of not having acquaintances abroad, follow this advice and you can feel less lonely (otherwise, you will have learned something new;)).   7.       TRAVELLING HELPS US FEEL MORE GRATITUDE   When you travel, you are thrown into the unknown, and often that unknown is missing things that you take for granted. When we get to know how people from other countries live, eat, drink, sleep… we realize how lucky we are and how thankful we should be towards whoever has desired for us all the things we have. So, if you want to have another perspective on the life you have at home, leave for some times and you will get back more grateful for sure.   Did you know that in the villages next to Sahara desert, berber populations live in homemade tents in the open air with no running water and with no comfy beds? Yet, they seemed to be happier than me…


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8.       TRAVEL ALONE AND RETRIEVE THE BEST   Travel alone may appear scaring and it is something we really are not familiar with; a lot of fears overwhelm our mind and we don’t feel safe about leaving with no company. Travelling by yourself means not having the chance to rely on anyone else to get the most out of your trips. It means you have to navigate your place in the world, to embrace your adventures. No matter where you go and what you do, it will change you. And what, if I listed some of the achievements you can get out of the solo travelling?   ·         You will become more creative ·         It’ll force you to be a problem solver ·         It will increase your compassion ·         You’ll get better at putting yourself out there ·         You will have your own opinions ·         You’ll have to face your weaknesses ·         It’ll makes you brave ·         It’ll teaches you the independence ·         You’ll learn to love yourself   Are you still wondering?

“TRAVEL ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY. IT ISN’T ALWAYS COMFORTABLE. SOMETIMES IT HURTS, IT EVEN BREAKS YOUR HEART. BUT THAT’S OKAY. THE JOURNEY CHANGES YOU; IT SHOULD CHANGE YOU. IT LEAVES MARKS ON YOUR MEMORY, ON YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS, ON YOUR HEART, AND ON YOUR BODY. YOU TAKE SOMETHING WITH YOU. HOPEFULLY, YOU LEAVE SOMETHING GOOD BEHIND.”

Anthony Bourdain author: Luca Ventura


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WHAT IS EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that benefit communities and people around Europe. It was announced by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, during his annual State of the European Union speech in September 2016, and officially launched in December 2016. More information After completing a simple registration process, participants could be selected join a wide range of projects. These projects will be run by organisations which have been checked and authorised to run European Solidarity Corps projects. With a budget of €375.6 million for 20182020, it can support participants to carry out volunteering activities, traineeships and jobs and run their own solidarity projects. HOW DOES THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS WORK?   The European Solidarity Corps is the pool of young people who register their interest to take part in solidarity-related projects, and who agree with and will uphold the Mission and Principles of the European Solidarity Corps. When you register, your details will be held in the European Solidarity Corps system, and organisations will be able to search the database for people for their projects. Organisations will then ask selected participants to join these projects. The European Commission will invite organisations to apply for funding or other support for projects which fit with the Mission and Principles of the European Solidarity Corps.

After their projects are approved, these organisations will be able to access the pool of participants to select young people that could be best suited to join the project. The organisations will then contact the potential recruits and make a final choice.All organisations will undergo checks before they are authorised to run projects for the European Solidarity Corps, and before they are allowed to search for and recruit participants for their projects. Depending on the type of project, and your existing knowledge and experience, you may receive training from the European Solidarity Corps before starting the project.

WHO CAN JOIN THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS?   You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. Also you must be legally resident in the EU Member States or the following Partner Countries:   Republic of North Macedonia and Turkey, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Russian Federation

For further information visit https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en


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WHAT ABOUT...THE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES... The European Solidarity Corps has two main volunteering opportunities: Individual volunteering lets young people participate in the daily work of organisations and lasts between 2 and 12 months, and in some cases, 2 weeks and up. Participants can volunteer abroad or in their country of residence for projects covering social inclusion, environment, culture, and more. Volunteering teams are groups of 10-40 young people from at least two different countries who volunteer together for a period of between 2 weeks and 2 months. The costs of accommodation and food are covered. Participants also receive a small allowance for personal expenses. WHAT TO EXPECT? You will be working in a organization and you will contribute with your enthusiasm to its activities. There are many kind of services you can be required to give, please check carefully what you are more interested in. FOR WHOM ? Young people from 18 to 30 years old. HOW LONG? From 2 months to 12 months. WHERE TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES ? https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placeme nts_en

WHAT IS PROVIDED ? ACCOMODATION MONTHLY ALLOWANCE FOR FOOD (OR MEALS) POCKET MONEY ONLINE LINGUISTIC SUPPORT (OLS) ON ARRIVAL TRAINING (AND A MIDTERM TRAINING IF THE PROJECT LASTS MORE THAN 6 MONTHS) MENTORING INSURANCE TRAVEL COSTS COVERED


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WHAT DO EX VOLUNTEERS THINK ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE?

Eva, Cypriot, 28 years old HOW DID YOU GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS? Actually my volunteering was European Voluntary Services EVS, after it changed to European solidarity corps. I was in a training with the youth council and the youth organization of Cyprus and they told me about this project. WHAT FINALLY PUSHED YOU TO LEAVE?

WHY WOULD YOU SUGGEST THIS EXPERIENCE? It is a life changing experience and I suggest to everyone to experience that because is a unique experience. Also travelling alone to a country that you don’t know anyone is a big challenge but at the same time is amazing. You go out of your comfort zone and this gives you the chance to discover so many things about yourself but also for the people and the environment around you. WHAT HAVE YOU BROUGHT INTO YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ACHIEVED DURING THE EXPERIENCE? It was learning by doing experience for me because I have learned so many things that I didn’t know before. I have learned a new language, a new culture, new people, new experiences and new challenges etc. But the best thing it was that I was a volunteer because is one of my passions.

I wanted to explore a new country, learn a new language and a culture, do volunteering, explore myself and my skills and I was still young for adventures so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. WHAT WAS YOUR PROJECT ABOUT AND HOW LONG WAS IT? WHAT WAS THE COUNTRY YOU TRAVELLED TO? My project was about raising environmental awareness; we used to clean the rivers, beaches and mountains. We used to organize workshops with eco-friendly items or reusable objects. I used to go to an ecofarm and I was planting, gardening, cleaning and feeding the animals and helping with school visits and in the summer schools. We were collaborating also with the youth council and we made tours at schools of the area in order to inform teenagers about the Erasmus+ opportunities. It was in Spain, Gandia and it lasted 11 months.    

Valentina, Romanian, 29 years old HOW DID YOU GET TO KNOW ABOUT THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS? First time I think I learned about the programe from a close friend who went on an EVS project a few years ago.


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WHAT FINALLY PUSHED YOU TO LEAVE? It was an experience I wanted to try for some time and it was a mix of the appropriate moment and the kind of project that motivated me to join. WHAT WAS YOUR PROJECT ABOUT AND HOW LONG WAS IT? WHAT WAS THE COUNTRY YOU TRAVELLED TO? It was related to education in primary school in Nicosia, helping in the class, different activities with the kids and support in other school activities. It lasted 5 months

WHY WOULD YOU SUGGEST THIS EXPERIENCE? It is a very good opportunity to experience a different environment, to explore and to learn about yourself and other ways of living WHAT HAVE YOU BROUGHT INTO YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ACHIEVED DURING THE EXPERIENCE? Maybe different horizons in perspective and relationships, and a bit of direction for future activities

"The European Solidarity Corps brings together young people to build a more inclusive society, supporting vulnerable people and responding to societal challenges. It offers an inspiring and empowering experience for young people who want to help, learn and develop." from EU Solidarity Corps Mission statement

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DISCOVERING... CYPRUS AGORÀ PROJECT For our new section DISCOVERING CYPRUS we visited the Agorà PROJECT, in the Old Municipal Market of Nicosia; a non-profit project in which you can find many educational and multicultural events. The Old Municipality Market was built in the ’70 from the need of the greek Cypriots to have a food market after the division of the island into Republic of Cyprus and North Cyprus. The building was then used for many years as the open market of Nicosia until 5 years ago, when a funded project was proposed and approved by the municipality. Then all the shops and the activities were sold and the building remained abandoned for about 3 years, waiting for the progress of the Research University project. After this period of no activity, a group of indipendent people had the official approval from the municipality to use the space for educational and cultural events. Without any external help they worked hard to renew,refresh and made it alive.

There are now many different little groups, whom each of them propose unique activities and sub-projects that take in place here. Many people from any country and cultural background join these projects as well. The project has been going on so far for 3 years but it is uncertain if it will continue to be alive in the Old Market of Nicosia. Still, according to Alexis, one of the founders of the project, Agorà is supported by the municipality and it may have a future!refresh and made it alive. We took part in Arte migrante, a sub-project of Agorà. It takes place every Wednesday here. Arte migrante offers many different spaces to any kind of art brought by any kind of background; it is like a melting pot of cultures! You can start the evening by talking and knowing new people, and finally you will be able to dance Scottish dances and to listen to great speeches! . The environment in Agorà is very special and unique,we suggest you to take a look into there and partecipate in any of the great and interesting events, from weekely language lessons to arts events!


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QUIZ How is the EU relevant to your daily life? Have you ever wondered what exactly the European Union does for you? Let's follow Anna, from Sweden, to see how the EU makes a difference to her everyday life.

Anna has just finished school and would like to improve her Italian. She enrols on a two-month crash course at a language school in Italy. What does she have to do before leaving?

Nothing. She can start packing her suitcase and take off for Italy! As an EU citizen Agnes has the right to study in any other EU country. Anna needs to apply for a temporary residence permit before going to Italy. Anna needs to apply for a visa to study in Italy.

In Italy, Anna meets, Pavel, an Erasmus+ student from Czechia. Which of the following is true? The Erasmus+ programme…

…helps young people to study in their own country. …is only for university students and does not include other ways of learning. …provides opportunities for partnerships amongst schools and organisations from other EU countries.

Answer the questions and check the keys at the end of the magazine


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Back in Sweden, Anna tells her grandmother about her European adventures. Her grandmother says that it must cost a lot to provide all these benefits. Which of these statements is WRONG?

Every citizen enjoys the huge benefits that the EU brings for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day. Around 6% of the EU budget is spent on administration. 94% goes to EU countries for policies and programmes that benefit citizens directly, and to countries outside the EU. 10% of the budget for 2014-2020 is being spent on actions related to climate change.

Anna has a fantastic time in Czechia, but during a visit to one of the many beautiful monuments, she falls and twists her ankle. Fortunately, she has remembered to bring her European Health Insurance Card with her. Which of these statements is true?

Anna has the right to private healthcare free of charge. Anna can receive public health care and pay the same fees as locals with her European Health Insurance Card. As she is not Czech, Anna will have to pay for all the public health care received there.

While in Italy, Anna stays in touch with her friends and family at home on her smartphone. She calls and texts her friends and family and uses social media apps to share pictures and experiences with them. What about Agnes's roaming costs?

Anna can ‘roam like at home’ with her Swedish smartphone without any limitations even if she stays in Italy for a lot longer. As long as Anna travels periodically and spends more time in her home country than abroad, she will only pay what she would pay at home. Roam like at home does not apply automatically. Anna will need to contact her operator to activate it.

This quiz is taken from https://europa.eu/learning-corner/quiz/life_en


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KEYS QUIZ A. Thanks to the single market and the creation of the 'Schengen' area, EU citizens can travel, study, work or retire in any EU country with very little administrative burden or internal border controls. As an EU citizen, Anna is allowed to work and study in Italy. If she stays in Italy for more than 3 months, she may ask to register with the relevant authorities, if she so wishes. A visa to study in Italy is needed by citizens of third countries if they wish to stay in Italy for longer than 3 months. This is not the case with Anna. C.The Erasmus programme was launched over 30 years ago to allow students to do part of their studies at a university in another EU country. Todays' programme, Erasmus+, is not only for university students but also offers many other opportunities. Young people can study, train or work as volunteers, within or outside the EU, in a wide range of areas such as social care, the environment, culture, youth, sports and development cooperation. C.The EU budget helps the EU to implement common policies and address a wide range of challenges at home and in the world. It represents about 1% of the wealth generated by the economies of the member states every year. This means that the EU costs each citizen less than the price of a cup of coffee per day. At least 20% of the EU’s 2014-2020 budget is being spent on climate-related action. B. If Anna unexpectedly falls ill during a temporary stay in another EU country – whether on holiday or studying abroad – she is entitled to any medical treatment that can't wait until she gets home. The European Health Insurance Card is delivered by your health insurance institution and proves that you are insured in an EU country. With this card you can get access to State-provided healthcare abroad, and pay the same fees as locals. B.The EU abolished roaming charges in June 2017. When travelling in the EU you pay domestic prices for phone calls, SMS and mobile internet (‘roam like at home’). The general rule is that as long as you spend more time at home than abroad, or you use your mobile phone more at home than abroad, you can roam at domestic prices when travelling wherever in the EU. Roam like at home applies automatically. You do not need to set anything up.


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